SURAT THANI – Thai nurse Srikanya Chuerob has received praise from netizens for saving the life of a middle-aged German cyclist, Gunter Retsch, who collapsed from a heart attack on a road in Muang district on Saturday.
Video clips featuring nurse Srikanya Chuerob trying to resuscitate Gunter Retsch on Surat-Na San Road in tambon Khun Thalae in Muang district went viral online and drew plaudits from many Facebook users.
Srikanya Chuerob, 39, who is a nurse at Surat Thani Hospital told the Bangkok Post reporter, Supapong Chaolan, she was travelling in a car with her family on the way to start their holiday in Ban Na San district when they came across Retsch and his friend.
The friend was holding Mr Retsch with one hand and frantically waving with the other to attract attention.
Nurse Chuerob stopped her car and rushed over to the two men, Mr Retsch, 49, was having a convulsion, after which he collapsed into cardiac arrest.
Ms Srikanya immediately started CPR treatment while others alerted an ambulance to take Mr Retsch to Surat Thani Hospital.
Ms Srikanya said she was pleased that she was able to help someone. She and her family scrapped their plans for a New Year holiday and went to the hospital with the German cyclist.
Mr Retsch, whose condition is gradually improving thanked Ms Srikanya for saving his life. He said he appreciated her kindness and that of other Thais and would never forget them.
Surat Thani deputy governor Ouaychai Innak and Pol Lt Col Akkharapol Ponsa, a tourist police inspector, on Sunday visited the German tourist at Surat Thani Hospital.
Mr Ouaychai said the patient’s condition was gradually improving and he could eat and drink. But he would remain in the hospital for a few more days for a thorough check-up.
The deputy governor praised Ms Srikanya for helping the sick foreigner even though she was not on duty at the time.
By Supapong Chaolan
Thai nurse Srikanya Chuerob assists German cyclist